Thanks for having us Jessica - we had a really great time thinking outside of the box.
We visited the lovely Jessica at Me Sew Crazy today to introduce our Ruffled Peasant Top as part of her Pattern Remix Series.
Hmmmm... there was supposed to be a tutorial here today so that you can make your very own, but we haven't quite got it together. If you check back later in the week it'll be here, promise!
Thanks for having us Jessica - we had a really great time thinking outside of the box.
When the weather was hot, it seemed I couldn't drink enough of these...
I've always loved the shape of these bottles and I seem to have accumulated quite a stash.
I made a quick trip to the hardware store this morning to buy some paint and mini funnels and the result? Some gorgeous, simple vases.
This would have to be the cleanest painting project I have ever done. Why? You paint the inside of the bottle, not the outside!
Using a small funnel, tip some paint into the bottom of the bottle. Swish it around a bit and ...voila! Sweet and simple Sunday vases!
Isn't bakers twine sweet? I can really understand why it is so popular right now. It can make a simple gift tag look really special. I recently saw a great tutorial on making your own, using crochet cotton and permanent markers. It inspired me and got me thinking - wouldn't it be great if you could make something that looked like bakers twine that you could sew with?
I used stranded embroidery thread. It's cheap and comes in a rainbow of colours.
Madeleine needed a new snack bag for school so using my flat bottomed purse pattern, I made her this:
Hey, I know the "love" is a little cheesey, but I also know there is only a very short time that she will be happy to take a snack in a bag that shows how much her Mum loves her. I thought I should take the opportunity while I can!
If you would like to make some bakers twine for yourself, click on Read More
Before you go though - if you haven't entered our Girly Giveaway yet, I think you should! At the time of writing this you have a one in seven chance of winning a pretty fantastic book and some great fabric! Entries close Midnight on Sunday May 15th (Sydney time).
I am a very disorganised person. I will often go and buy a new set of knitting needles even though I know I have the size I want, because no matter how hard I try I can't find them anywhere, or even more frustratingly I can find only one of the pair. So over the last few days I have been making myself a knitting needle holder - big enough that I will be able to store all my knitting needles in one place and bright enough that I shouldn't lose it (but anything is possible with me!)
So here it is:
I have seen patterns for some very snazzy knitting holders out there, with individual pockets so you can store and see your matched pair of needles in a wink. Getting all my knitting needles in one place is a big enough achievement for me, so this barrel shaped case works just fine. If you are ultra-organised and have one of those flash knitting needle organisers or you are not a knitter but still want to give this project a go, this tutorial will also show you how to make the little sister - a pencil case:
Just for some further inspiration and encouragement I should let you know that these cases are fully lined and that the lining is made on the go. There is no hand slipping it in at the end.
I also thought I would show you these:
Pippa's school bag, that dreaded (!) heart shaped zipper purse and Madeleine's Rapunzel backpack (that I have never quite got around to writing a post on) all use the same construction technique. By varying the shapes and sizes of your fabric pieces and the direction in which you place the zip, you can use the techniques in this tutorial to make a bag of almost any shape you like.
If you would like to give it a go, just click on read more.
My oh my, Easter is just around the corner. Where are you going to stash all those eggs? Why, in the hippity hop easter clutch, of course!
Click on read more to find out how you can make one all for yourself (or a friend if you're feeling generous!)
What do you get when you take a ready made t-shirt, some hemming tape, a lovely Japanese print fabric and two buttons? The tab tunic tshirt revamp!
There are a lot of fabulous ideas out there for t-shirt decoration at the moment, but I was looking to make something a little different.
This isn't a tutorial in terms of accurate measurements and patterns - it's more of a 'how to' so you can revamp a tshirt in any size that takes your fancy. Just click on 'read more' to find out all about it!
I do like a flat bottom on a bag or purse. It creates structure, turning two squares of fabric sewn together into something more. The whole really is more than the sum of its parts, I suppose!
I have seen some tutorials for square cornered, flat bottomed, zippered purses (phew.. that was a lot of adjectives) but they don't look quite right to me. When I thought about it for a little while, I realised that if you just cut off the corners to create a flat bottomed purse they flare out at the top. I quite like the idea of the sides being straight up and down, rather than angling out to meet the zip. So I pondered for a while and this is what I came up with:
I hope I'm not being too confusing!! If I am, let's not worry too much! How about I just show you how to make the purse? Just click on "Read More" for the full tutorial!
There is something to be said for sewing projects that take a lot of planning, preparation and thought. Sometimes though, you just need instant gratification when you're crafting.
I've always loved the look of grosgrain belts - they can be hard to find though, so when I found this lovely range of ribbons at a fabric shop this morning, I knew just what I had to do with it. One of my issues with belts like these is that they always seem a little flimsy. During the week I saw a belt that used double thickness of ribbon - problem solved!
1.Let's start with supplies... You'll need grosgrain ribbon, two d rings that are they same width as your ribbon and some hemming tape. Measure the length that you want your belt to be and double it - this is the length of ribbon you'll need. Your piece of hemming tape needs to be the length that you want your belt to be - that is, you need half as much as the ribbon.
2. Cut the ribbon in half so that you have two pieces of equal length. Fuse them together using the hemming tape. Be careful not to scorch the ribbon!
3. Topstitch down the length of both sides of the ribbon.
4.Finish one end of the belt - double the end over so that the raw edges are covered up and top stitch. My machine has a special 'back-stitch' that holds everything snug and tight, but if you're using a normal stitch I would reverse- sew over the seam a number of times to keep it secure.
5. Attach the D ring to the other end of the belt. Slip both rings over the belt and double the end over so the raw edges are covered up and top stitch. I stitched twice (about .5 cm apart) to keep everything tidy and secure.
6.You're done! Enjoy...
PS - I just found this tutorial that uses different ribbons on either side - how cute are they?
Throughout the world of crafty blogs, everyone seems to be talking about Celebrate the Boy Month. Thank you to Dana and Rae for this wonderful concept. Boys always seem to come off second best when it comes to crafty ideas and tutorials. It is great to see these two wonderful blogs provide us with so many great ideas and encourage us all to pull up our socks when it comes to sewing for our boys.
So this post is for our two beautiful boys:
Today, I thought we would have a look at a zippered purse with a difference. I know there are dozens of tutorials for zippered purses out there and we all have our favourite, so I am going to concentrate on two parts of the purse:
What you will need:
First of all - embellish away on one piece of your outer fabric!
I used back stitch for Will's name and appliqued a cute little car on to mine using fusible webbing and running stitch.
If you would like a handle on your pencil case now's the time to make it.
Fold the handle piece in half length ways and iron to make a centre crease. Then, iron both long sides in to meet this crease. Fold in the center again. You will have made a handle of four layers of fabric with the raw edges sandwiched in the middle.
Top stitch along both edges and set your handle aside for now.
Let's move on to the inner pockets.
This is a really simple design but works well. You have to like that!
Take the larger piece of lining (29cm x 32cm). The pockets are created by folding and sewing this piece of fabric. Lay the fabric out in front of you so it lies length ways. Fold the piece of fabric up by 16cm then back on itself by 8cm so the cut edge lines up again with the bottom fold. It sounds a bit like origami doesn't it? You'll know you have got it right if this piece is now the same size as the other lining piece you have cut.
You now need to create individual pockets by sewing this flap down. Mark out your pockets with a water soluble marker. There are five in all. The ones on either end are 6cm wide and the inner 3 are 5cm.You can get an idea of what I mean by looking at this picture. In the picture I have already sewn them.
It's best to sew the pockets from the bottom to the top of the flap. Don't forget to lock off your rows of stitching with a couple of stitches in reverse or the stitching will unravel when little fingers try to fit their MatchBox cars in there.
Once you have sewn the pockets in you can use this piece of fabric like a regular lining piece for your zippered purse.
So how do I make a zippered purse?
I make zipper sandwiches.
When you use an extra long zipper, make the sandwich in the middle of the zipper. You will have a long overhang of zipper on either end, but this is good. It means when you sew the zipper in you won't have to deal with manoeuvring the sewing machine foot around the zipper pull - so much easier and you don't even need your zipper foot! It was my brilliant little sister, Caroline, who came up with this idea and it has certainly made zippered purses so much faster to make.
I take my embellished outer fabric and lay it right side up. I put the zipper on top of it facing down with the zipper pull to the left. I then place the lining piece without the pockets on it wrong side up on top of the zip. Line up the zipper edge with the raw edges of the outer and lining and pin liberally. It should look like this.
Now, sew your sandwich together. I used a 1cm seam allowance - but work out what's best for you. You will get the best finish by stitching as close to the zipper teeth as possible.
And look that zipper pull is right out of the way!
Flap those pieces back and you should have something that looks like this:
You can now attach your other outer and lining to the opposite side of the zip.
Outer right side up, zipper right side down with the pull to the right, lining piece with pockets right side down.
Pin and sew your sandwich!
Now you should have a zipper with two pieces of fabric attached to either side of it.
Open your zipper so the pull is in the middle of your purse. Trust me, you will regret it if you forget this step.
Flip the fabric around so that you have both pieces of outer fabric right sides together on one side of the zipper and both sides of lining fabric on the other side of the zipper. Sandwich the handle between your two outer layers and pin in place. Pin all the way around the edges making sure you line up the zipper carefully on either end. Try and push the zipper teeth in the direction of the lining. Sew all the way around this rectangle with a 1cm seam allowance, leaving a space so you can turn it through. You will be sewing over the zip. This is not a problem, just take it slowly. (Don't try this with a metal zipper - your sewing machine won't like it.)
It should now look like this:
Now go on, live on the edge!!! Trim your corners, seam allowances and zip ends. I always get a slight thrill when I cut those zipper ends off. (This probably reflects poorly on my life in general - but there you go!)
Turn the purse right side out, use a chopstick to push out the corners so they are nice and square. Hand slip the hole in the lining and then tuck it back in to the outer of the purse.
There you are done!
A handled, pocketed pencil case, with MatchBox car pockets for your boy!
PS. I know we are Celebrating the Boy but I just wanted to let you know - I made a make up purse for myself using the pockets in the lining technique on both sides of the lining. I made the pockets narrower so they would fit my lipsticks. It worked well and my makeup is now very organised!!!
You know how sometimes the creative inspiration just flows? We've had a torrent of inspiration here at Sew Together and as a result we'll have not one or two, but four tutorials to share with you over the next few weeks!
1 -Shhhhhh....We'll show you how to make a zippered pencil case with a special secret (... and we'll even show you how to insert a zipper without having to change the foot on your sewing machine.)
2. A piped and lined zippered knitting needle case and guess what? You don't have to hand slip in the lining - it works like magic!
3. A hand embroidered felt morning chart so you can get kids out the door with minimal fuss.
4. A simple scalloped zippered purse. The cut and fold simple scallops will be the focus here - they look great on kids clothes, table runners and cushions and are oh so easy!
So stay tuned... It'll be busy, but fun!
Maryanne and Caroline